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Better Hearing in Theaters

                              

The Northern Virginia Resource Center for  Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons has an online article on how to use assistive listening devices (ALDs) in movie theaters. Thanks to the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, all public establishments that have audio amplification systems or that seat 50 or more people, must have an assistive listening system for individuals with hearing loss. FM systems with neckloops for those with hearing aids or cochlear implant processors  work best  in movie theaters; however, many theaters only provide headsets or earbuds because they are cheaper. Our local Mt. Sterling theater has Walkman type headsets. I tried them once, but found the sound quality poor and uncomfortable to wear over my behind-the-ear hearing aids. Headsets would work better for someone with a mild loss. This article also provides information on how to file a complaint with the United Sates Department of Justice if your movie theater refuses to provide an ALD that you can us effectively.  Click on the link to access this informative article.

http://www.nvrc.org/how-to-use-an-assistive-listening-system-at-the-theater-if-you-are-hard-of-hearing


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